har·​ried | \ ˈher-ēd How to pronounce harried (audio) , ˈha-rēd\

Definition of harried

: beset by problems : harassed a harried waiter who forgets your order

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The algorithm then serves up options to harried decision-makers, along with an explanation of why each was chosen. The Economist, "Artificial intelligence is changing every aspect of war," 7 Sep. 2019 Other standouts include Garrett Chandler as a harried radio operator, Rich Wordes and Beverly Crain as an elderly Jewish couple who choose to sink together, and Lane Kunce and Sierra Henderson as billionaire John Jacob Astor and his young bride. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "On Theater: A ‘Titanic’ hit musical at the Attic Community Theatre," 12 Aug. 2019 The child’s harried voice had devolved into the word salad of the psychotic. The New Yorker, "Toni Morrison, Remembered By Writers," 10 Aug. 2019 Once a message was selected, the harried vendors would stamp holes into the metal and permanently affix it to the wood, each letter charmingly askew. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "The charm of TreasureFest is the characters you’ll meet," 31 July 2019 The 10 Democratic hopefuls spent much of the evening pointing fingers, shouting over each other and ignoring the harried moderators who tried, usually unsuccessfully, to enforce the one-minute time limit for responses. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Kamala Harris takes command during heated presidential debate," 28 June 2019 After a rather harried opening, Opera Theatre of St. Louis music director Roberto Kalb effectively paced the June 14 performance. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Classic operas 'The Marriage of Figaro' and 'Rigoletto' round out the St. Louis festival," 18 June 2019 What this shows is that, as important and epically fun as that perfectly planned getaway birthday bash is, the status quo is leaving all of us harried and in debt. Amelia Harnish, refinery29.com, "We've Reached Peak Party. Now What?," 1 June 2019 After pitting on lap 48, Preece rallied from 14th place with a harried rush back to the front and then drove away from the field over the closing laps to win. Shawn Courchesne, courant.com, "Preece surprises Stafford crowd, wins Twisted Tea Open Modified race," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of harried

1609, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of harried

: bothered by many problems or worries : very worried or anxious

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